The best way to describe Gautam 'Gem' Gautam is as a hard-working people person. He has lived in Australia since 2004.
Before setting up his 'Busy Bee Deli' in 3 Barkers Road, Como, Western Australia, he worked 3.5 years in Sydney for Meyer as a customer service assistant and two years in Brisbane as the manager of Nightowl convenience store. In 2011, Germ moved to Perth, working multiple retails jobs. Within 3 years, he had saved enough money to buy his shop.
As most people will be able to appreciate, the effect on Gautam and his family was devastating. It went far beyond the loss of income or the destruction of their life savings. Suddenly Gem had to sit home doing nothing instead of providing for his family by running a shop trading 100 hours a week.
The fire also broke the heart of his 66-year-old father and his 61-year-old mother, who at that time were living with him. They ended up going back to India because they couldn’t bear watching their son losing the fruits of his heart work.